The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 by a group of doctors and business owners in New York City. Originally called the American Society for the Control of Cancer, it was renamed and reorganized in 1945. At the time this society was founded, a cancer diagnosis presented a dim future almost always resulting in death. Doctors often declined to even tell their patients they had cancer. Those who were diagnosed often neglected to tell their friends and family members. A lot has changed over the years and great strides have been made in the fight against this disease, largely due to the efforts of this organization.
It is estimated that one in three people alive today will face a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime but results for the diagnosed are getting much better. Patients diagnosed with cancer are now 20% more likely to survive the disease than they were in just 1991. This is largely due to increased early detection methods and treatment options being explored through medical research. Most of the work of the American Cancer Society revolves around either increasing awareness of cancer symptoms or providing support for further cancer research. And for this reason, the grant support it offers is almost entirely provided to fund medical research.
American Cancer Society Research Grants
The ACS is the number one provider of cancer research funding in the private, non-profit sector. Topics for research are proposed by investigative scientists and reviewed by their peers allowing for a more open exploration into the causes of and solutions for cancer. Research areas include Biology and Etiology. Prevention, diagnosis and treatment are fairly common themes. Research grants also fund scientific modeling that give us a better understanding of how the disease works.
The society offers several different types of grants. Extramural Grants fund research initiatives from newcomers to the field of medical research. Research Scholar Grants fund more established researchers in their first six years of their careers. These grants are available for four years and offer up to $165,000 per year towards the direct costs of medical research. Additional money is available for indirect costs. Institutional Research Grants are three-year grants providing around $90,000 each year to fund projects of junior investigators at college and university programs. There are also several professorships and fellowships offered through this grant program.
Visit Cancer.org to find out more about the American Cancer Society and see for yourself why it is the official sponsor of birthdays. Learn more about the valuable work being done by this organization and how you can get involved. To contact the ACS, dial toll-free 1-800-227-2345. Find out how you can volunteer to help cancer patients in your local area. And if you or someone you know is suffering from cancer, find out how patient service programs supported by the American Cancer Society can help you or someone you love.